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The USMEF Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017 is now available online.


At the November 2016 USMEF Strategic Planning Conference, the USMEF board of directors approved the organization’s strategic plan for 2016-2020. It is available online.


UPDATE: Facing the prospect of a government shutdown at midnight on March 23, 2018, a comprehensive spending bill was approved by both houses of Congress and signed by President Trump. The legislation funds federal government operations through Sept. 30, 2018 – the end of the current fiscal year. Its passage ensures stability for USDA Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program funding through this fiscal year. With annual funding of $200 million for MAP and $34.5 million for FMD, these programs provide important support for international marketing of U.S. beef, pork and lamb, as well as other U.S. agricultural exports.

UPDATE: On April 12, 2018, U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) released the House version of the farm bill. A committee fact sheet summarizes the bill’s proposed funding of agricultural export promotion programs as follows:

In an effort to keep American agriculture competitive, the farm bill streamlines existing authorities for the Market Access Program (MAP), the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program, the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program, and the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) under one International Market Development Program, restoring funding for FMD and TASC, and establishing overall funding at $255 million per year moving forward.

This streamlining effort is intended to complement the recent reorganization within USDA by ensuring the newly established Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agriculture Affairs has the tools necessary to continue tearing down barriers to trade and opening up new markets to U.S. agricultural products.

As a point of reference, $255 million in annual funding is $1.5 million more than the current total authorized for the programs listed. Release of the House version text is just the first step in the process for the new farm bill, but USMEF members are encouraged to voice their support for funding of international market development programs.

UPDATE: On June 21, the House of Representatives approved its version of the farm bill (H.R. 2) on a 213-211 vote. H.R. 2 authorizes funding of $255 million annually over the next five years for a new International Market Development Program. Under this new framework, MAP and FMD will be funded at no less than their current annual levels ($200 million and $34.5 million, respectively).

The Senate version of the farm bill (S. 3042) was approved by the full Senate on June 28. S. 3042 authorizes $259.5 million annually over the next five years for Priority Trade Promotion, Development and Assistance. Under this framework, MAP and FMD would also be funded at no less than their current annual levels.

Both bills provide small increases (compared to current levels) in trade promotion funding. Under the House version, USDA would have the authority to decide how an additional $1.5 million is allocated among MAP, FMD, the Emerging Markets Program and the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program. The Senate version has a similar provision, but the additional funding to be allocated among these programs is $6 million.

The farm bill must now go through the conference committee process to reconcile difference between the House and Senate versions. If a new farm bill isn’t approved by Sept. 30, 2018, an extension will be needed in order to maintain funding for critical programs, including those used to promote U.S. agricultural exports.

Additional notes on MAP, FMD:

On May 26, 2017, the USMEF Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting continued funding of MAP and FMD and encouraging organizations that advocate on behalf of U.S. agriculture to make funding these programs a legislative priority. The full text of the resolution is available online.

Dr. Harry M. Kaiser of Cornell University recently conducted an economic analysis of USMEF’s export market development programs. The three objectives of this study were to: (1) quantify the return to the U.S. government and to beef, pork, corn, and soybean producers on their investment in USMEF’s export market development programs; (2) quantify the contribution of USMEF’s export market development programs to the growth in beef and pork exports that has occurred over the past decade; and (3) quantify the broader macroeconomic impacts of USMEF’s export market development programs on employment, employment income, value-added, tax revenue, and contributions to U.S. gross domestic product. An executive summary and Dr. Kaiser’s full report are now available online.


Retaliatory Measures in Response to U.S. Tariffs on Steel, Aluminum and Other Products

USDA Assistance Plan for Farmers Impacted by Trade Disputes


Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and “TPP-11” Agreement

Korea-U.S. FTA

Paraguay Opens to U.S. Pork and Beef

Trade with South Africa

Other Trade Agreements and Negotiations

Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)



Access for U.S. Beef in China

Beef Access to European Union

Japan’s Safeguard Tariff Rate on Frozen Beef Expired April 1

Mexico’s Proposed Beef Grading Standards

WTO Ruling on Beef Access to Indonesia

U.S.-Brazil Beef Trade


Argentina Now Open to U.S. Pork

USTR to Review Thailand’s Pork Trade Barriers

CSF Rule for Mexico

EU Pork Access to Russia


Codex Guidelines for Trichinae


Restoring Access for U.S. Lamb in High-Value Markets – JAPAN IS NOW OPEN


How Corn and Soybean Producers Benefit from Red Meat Exports


USMEF Mission

USMEF Funding Overview


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